2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Review

And 'I must be ugly competitors ZX ™ -14 year after year. When it came to stage a large-bore sport bike in 2006, the big Ninja ® blew the minds of all - the owners, suppliers and competitors - the push amazing, sport-touring comfort, agile, and aerodynamic body that covers the entire country. Continuous refinement is considered 14 steps ahead of our competitors, all while filling the visors of fans' with a savage, smiles from ear to ear.

Fortunately, Kawasaki fans (and, unfortunately, competition), there is no compromise for the year 2012. As soon named the R-14R Ninja ZX-powerful, is also almost Entirely new, more character, design excellence and finesse you have come to expect from Team Green ™ - a company that was built for the legendary open-class motorcycle over 40 years.

Great power comes with no problems has always been a great Ninja, if changes for 2012 will begin in the engine compartment ZX-14R news. First, there are more trips via an increase in 4mm to 65mm stroke (from 61mm), with displacement now save 1441cc (1352cc cons). The combustion chamber shapes are optimized specifically for 2012, and the surface is milled now, not votes. Inlets are reshaped and polished for maximum throughput, while working in concert with the intake valves longer and more durable. Yep, the new Ninja ZX-14R really "focused" at the plant.
The camshafts work, these valves are more radical, revised lift and profiles, while a strong cam chain tensioning system and revised to maximize the reliability of the towers in the engine of the stratosphere is capable of. Newly designed forged pistons with thinner crowns offer greater durability and less weight, and is cooled by a cooling system that pumps oil spray again a continuous flow of lubricant on the bottom of each piston. (Tests show that the engine runs much cooler with this system.) There's more: the compression is that last year, connecting rods are difficult bits, and are made of a material more resistant to the magazines, the main crankshaft are thicker from 38 to 40 mm, a new air filter element is larger and thicker, covering 10% more air and up to 40 percent, and the transmission gears were in the heat and the surface treated to be more sustainable and more easily change.

The power of the class that dominates the new engine is a fuel injection system that provides automatic idle revised and reduced emissions. Production of hydrocarbons burned through a heavily revised exhaust system with the new design, larger diameter pipes conical head and large volumes, calm restored, each contact with a catalyst to minimize emissions.

Hot Rodding the benefit of all this are significant, because there is more power almost everywhere in the rev range. The increases are the most important medium-high rpm range, especially with strong acceleration from 4000 rpm. This is a push riders can appreciate the great variety of situations, whether it starts on a highway ramp to connect with fast-moving traffic, or cruising down a deserted street on a sunny, Sunday morning rides. ZX-14R is a total domination is just a touch of throttle away.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

But the ZX-14R new engine is more than extremely powerful, and there are many polish and grandeur to go with it. The twin-gear configuration balances, for example, has been optimized to work with the new plant in the long-stroke dimensions and changes in the crankshaft. The result is more even flow through the rev range.

This power is more manageable than ever before, thanks to the addition of a back-torque limiter assembly "slipper" clutch and traction control KTRC and management of the ignition system that includes three different driving modes - maximum power, average power, and a third state of low voltage (wet / slippery) conditions. KTRC system is controlled by a toggle bar mounted on / push switch, and the system can monitor the effects of the seven-segment bar graph LCD display in the cab of the information. Back-torque limiting clutch technology that comes directly from the track, and helps to eliminate wheel-hop and undermine the stability of the effects of energy pair of downshifting and braking in corners, or spirits - or emergency - stop. It also helps protect against wheel drive, for durability.

The result of all this hot rod refined and high-tech engine is probably the best open class streetbike ever built - and an engine of this measure needs a framework with similar skills in which to live and prosper. The 2012 ZX-14R is used, and more. Kawasaki's engineers tried to keep the ZX-14 before use of light and practical behavior through the existing chassis design as a starting point for new energy production and increased 14R. To maintain the character of this gentle handling, but also the relationship between the sporting spirit of the pump, the engineers to modify more than half of aluminum castings in the previous structure, and forgings, all of which have different flex and stiffness characteristics of parts they replace.

Thus, while the new alloy frame bears a striking resemblance to the previous unit in the engine, monocoque, is very different: more rigid in some areas and unchanged in the other, forming a network ideal for weight balance cycling capacity, power and cornering. The rear swingarm is 10 mm longer than before and more effectively bellows features coincide with the distribution of the rigidity of the new framework.

Revisions to the front and rear suspension helps maintain this balance control wheels, drive compliance and handling. Both the fork fully adjustable 43 mm inverted unique resistance and multi-adjustable shock improved hollow internal parameters and revised, as light and delicate design new 10-spoke wheels look great and reduce unsprung weight by a massive £ 3 , 3, however, helped the action of acceleration, handling and suspension. The new ZX-14R is the disc brakes are upgraded triple well, with more equipment and hard pads checked for the powerful, progressive and fade continually feel at the lever.

Of course, this plateau of performance with much more, you also have to look good. Dynamic style has been the hallmark since the days of Kawasaki H1, H2 and Z-1, it is normal that this latest addition to a long line of sport bikes like the game, with the new body edge to the tail in honor to "imposing, angular shapes and fluid with some of the latest Ninja sportbikes most attractive life. The nose is particularly impressive, with a more aggressive nose equipped with a set of four lights and a ram air duct cool fill in the intake system. The traditional four fins issue along the sides of the dome has a more pronounced in 3D design this year, while major efforts have been made to conceal the hooks and fasteners, as far as possible. Section of the tail of the bike is well carved, with light fairing and a seat at the back of the hood cool - standard on all US-spec models - enhancing the aesthetics of performance.

The package body provides functional and aesthetic benefits them. The redesigned seat, for example, offer more thigh support, making it easier for riders vertically challenged to reach the ground. The body is the ventilation is better to extract hot air from the engine compartment and away from the driver and passenger.

The new ZX-14 Instruments and controls were treated well, with a bunch of class recently finished a new multi-function switch on the left handlebar, which manages all functions of the system and you can switch between the LCD using the up / down buttons, and easy to scroll through the fuel consumption, remaining range, the battery voltage, external temperature, traction control, etc., selecting and adjusting functions using the "Select" button in the middle of the toggle switch. There's even an "eco" on the LCD screen that allows riders know when they get the maximum fuel economy and mileage.

The result of all this technology and all these features is the dominant open-class ride - sport bike very smooth, powerful and sophisticated will be happy to go anywhere there, asphalt and skills to make it scary. High-aggression around Sunday morning? Not to worry. Two on the coast this weekend? Easy. Commuting and work? Simple. Bracket race weekend at the local dragstrip? Cake.

See? It's hard to compete with an open class at the property so much. It is a fact that our competition knows all too well.

Occasionally a manufacturer builds a bike that defines your brand on the market. Kawasaki, this bike is the Ninja ZX-14.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R
2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

Kawasaki Motorcycle most powerful to date, the Ninja ZX-14 establishes rules for the operation with the new most amazing, absolutely amazing I have ever known acceleration. But what makes the Ninja ZX-14 even more incredible is the absolute sensitivity that controls the power. Smooth and linear from idle to redline, you do not need to be a world champ to control this device.

But it is not only power, the Ninja ZX-14 combines outstanding performance engine management and excellent aerodynamic stability, refined and comfortable ergonomics, which creates the ultimate long-range hyper-sport weapon.

2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R Features and Benefits

New for 2012

• Massively more powerful 1,441 cc inline four-cylinder is 4 mm longer stroke, modified cylinder head assembly, polished ports and lightweight, stronger pistons for increased power at all engine speeds

• KTRC traction control system has three modes of changing conditions and controls the composition of a convenient switch on the left handlebar

• shoes brand new clutch rear control wheel torque effects, while braking and downshifting

• All new features of the exhaust system and redesigned the tapered head tube and a brand new assembly for quiet, low noise and emissions

• redesigned aluminum monocoque frame is a thin, tough and hard

• The new swingarm is longer and found features mounting brackets for improved response to engine power

• transmission gears are more durable, thanks to new treatments and surface temperature

• All new bodywork package is based on the chic image and aesthetics of the previous machine that includes a seat back of the hood, and adds better air flow management to the mix for improved rider and passenger comfort

• All new 10-spoke wheels are more than 3 pounds less in total than previous devices of the machine, reducing unsprung weight, which facilitates handling and maneuverability

• New plate material and cushions improve 14R radial mount brake system

• Revised suspension settings front and rear wheel control and increases compliance with the race already plush

• improve the overall quality of finish as before, including iron-hidden body

New four-cylinder 1441 cc liquid cooled DOHC

• Long-stroke design, revised (and port) cylinder heads, lighter pistons, higher compression and more radical camshaft offers more power and torque at all engine speeds

• Sprayers piston system, a continuous flow of cooling lubrication under each piston cooler running, more consistent power and durability

• Increased system cam chain tension offers a high degree of durability to stratospheric levels rpm

• crankshaft main journals are thicker than 2 mm (now 40 mm) for added durability

• more stable temperature and surface treatments provide transmission components to better exploit the new generation engine great power

• chrome composite plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for maximum durability at high power levels

• The new engine design is compact and narrow, allowing the rest of the machine to be smaller, lighter and more agile

• Low profile mechanical noise of the piston and special urethane insulation inside the chain cover sheet magnesium

Review of the exhaust system to broadband

• The new title of the composition is reduced production of tubes for optimum energy and power delivery characteristics

• Silent offer redesigned to reduce noise emissions and because of the dual catalysts are cleaner than before

• blow-off secondary air ports in the cylinder head and cover, more than a third honeycomb catalyser in the collector, to help meet stringent Euro III emission standards

• The internal design minimizes the impact of noise emission regulations while maintaining an impressive range high power

Double engine balancer gears

• audited balance weights with new engine design (multiple shots) in the ideal balance, resulting in increased comfort for drivers and passengers

• Already in perfect primary balance, the design of the engines of the 14R has two secondary balancers that virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth operation and reduce driver fatigue

Ram Air Induction

• Central ram air duct in the fairing shaped newly prefer cold, high pressure air in front of the fairing and efficiently, he guides them through the largest and most efficient air purifier and reworked the engine for a power Maximum

Digital fuel injection

• New throttle body assembly with 44 mm throttle bodies are equipped with the ISC valve and part-throttle valves are controlled by the ECU. They offer a precise answer, a smooth surface DFI ® performance, automatic idle control, and the bike will help meet the Euro III emission standards now and in future

• Review intake porting optimizes flow characteristics of the intestinal

• provide spray nozzles on a side angle of 20 degrees to disperse finely atomized fuel over a wide area

• End-spray injectors produce a 75 micron droplet size

• 32-bit ECU works with the butterfly double to further enhance throttle response and control

2-Power digital mode

• Rider elected map of High & Low offers a choice between full power and about 50 percent power to help the conditions for changes

• Advance Digital lowest

• Mid-range power

• ignition plug mounted ignition coils individual fire each spark plug independently to achieve the four best time for the cylinders

• ECU includes an idle speed control system for easier starting and warm-up

Traction Control KTRC

• KTRC traction control system has three different modes for different conditions

• Modes are controlled by a switch all practical LHD

• Modes are indicated on the LCD screen in the cockpit

New Torque Limiter Back "Slipper" Clutch

• The new back-torque limiter assembly "slipper" clutch controls the rear wheel, while the effects of torque downshifting, or to minimize inertia of the wheel hop, vibration and reduces stress on the pilot

• Radial-pump clutch master hydraulic cylinder for smooth and accurate engagement and grip feel

A new generation of self-supporting aluminum frame

• Lightweight monocoque chassis is an aluminum arc gap in the motor of the steering head to swingarm pivot. It is tight, strong, rigid and lightweight

• Many of the new frames made of aluminum sections - steering head and swingarm pivot areas - are produced through the casting process of weight reduction

• rigid mounted engine is a member of said frame, which increases the torsional rigidity of the frame and weight savings compared to traditional models of

• The engine is positioned forward in the frame, with a slightly longer wheelbase and weight balance front / rear carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and maneuverability

• A longer swingarm provides a fast stabilization, and it is to bellow to better deal with the production of new engine

• massive steering head casting contributes to frame rigidity

• frame houses the air box and air filter in a compact design that simplifies maintenance of air filter

• The battery is also located on the chassis and is easily accessible thanks to an aluminum


• Review of internal parameters of the multi-adjustable inverted cartridge fork, 43 mm provide a check on the wheel bearing and better compliance

• continuous damping adjustment improves suspension

• Excellent feedback control and fully adjustable rear Uni-Trak ® rear suspension

• The rate of connection allows a linear suspension action and improved control wheel

• Bottom-Link design creates a low center of gravity, making the bike more agile

Revised type petal discs with radial mount calipers

• remodeled petal type disc brake design provides better cooling and better warp resistance

• Radial-mounted four-piston front brake calipers improve brake pads to use and offer greater rigidity of conventional brake setup to improve the brake feel

• A separate brake pad is used for each piston. Individual pads provide increased cooling efficiency and can absorb more heat without deforming so they maintain consistent brake feel more

• Radial-pump master cylinder front brake improves brake performance and lever feel

Aggressive New Bin

• monocoque frame is placed in the engine for smooth cowling is interrupted by beams out of the frame, adding to the extremely long, low style

• The new substance equalization ventilation was improved temperature control of the engine for maximum comfort for both driver and passenger

• rear seat cover more aesthetic standards

• The turn signals both front and rear are integrated into the bodywork and have clear lenses to enhance the appearance

• Quadruple projector beam headlights give the ZX ™ -14 new fairing a whole new look. Outdoor lights containing position lamps and high beams, while the low beams are located in the center lamps

• Lightweight Denso radiator with dual fans and high-density cores provides maximum cooling efficiency

Full instrumentation

• New Black-faced dual analogue speedometer and tachometer are easy to read

• Multi-function LCD digital display includes an odometer, dual trip odometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, clock, and many other variables, including traction control information on a 7-segment LCD

• Programming the shift indicator lamp illuminates at pre-set rpm to upshift pilot signal

• The lamp illuminates the clutch programmable pre-set rpm to signal the driver of the clutch

• Controller Area Network (CAN) interface meter uses fewer wires, but it allows a greater amount of information, such as estimated fuel consumption.